Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi (Vintage Departures) (Paperback)

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Ruth says, "Join the British boating novice on his voyage down the Mississippi and get to know American small town life."


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The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing.  In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks.  Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartyland's estrangement from America's capitals ot power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past.  Witty, elegaic, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.

About the Author

Jonathan Raban lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375701009
ISBN-10: 0375701001
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 26th, 1998
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Vintage Departures